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Rajini: Another MGR in the making?- Sunday Spl. Aticle by Naveen

Superstar Rajinikanth’s fiery speech on Monday, after he unveiled a statue of former Chief Minister and his predecessor in Kollywood, M G Ramachandran, at MGR University in Chennai, has created a huge buzz in Tamil Nadu.
His explosive and engaging address, during which he recalled his association with MGR, is being seen as a move by him to woo AIADMK members and MGR followers, as the superstar is set to float his party and face elections.
“Rajini has clearly and cleverly conveyed multiple political messages in his speech. It was smartly packed and delivered. It will sure create an impact in AIADMK vote base,” said Seshaiah, a political analyst.
He added: “By saying he can not become MGR, Rajini has impressed MGR fans. And by saying he would provide MGR-like regime and by hailing Jayalalithaa, he has attracted AIADMK votes.”
Ravi, a professor, said, “Not just the AIADMK’s support base, Rajini has targeted that of the DMK too. In fact, his speech has created an impact in the minds of supporters and members of all parties and general voters. But one has to wait and watch whether he will be able to convert this into votes.”
However, a source close to Rajini denied any motive behind his speech. “It was an extempore address and he spoke straight from his heart. Rajini has his own charm and mass and he will unveil his policies soon. These are enough to attract voters. He never wanted to steal others’ fame. At the same time, he respects veteran leaders a lot.”
In his address, Rajinikanth acknowledged he was “not MGR” and “If someone says he will be MGR, he will only be a crazy man.”
“But I am confident that I can give a rule like him, that will benefit the poor and the common man,” he said.
On the banners erected by his fans, he said, “I think my fans have erected banners, disturbing free flow of public movement is violation of High Court orders. I request the fans not to indulge in such activities.”
He said he that didn’t expect the present political parties to welcome him warmly. But he questioned the parties’ intent in discouraging him and others from joining politics
On why he is entering politics, he said, “Two great leaders- Jayalalithaa is not there and Karunanidhi has advanced in years. There is vacuum now. That’s why I’m coming. To give leadership.”
Praising MGR as ‘Yuga Purushar’, Rajini recalled his relationship with the matinee idol-turned-Chief Minister. And answering criticism that he is targeting MGR supporters, Rajini, in his typical style, laughed: “Ha ha ha ha ha ha.”

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